IONS Community Groups Network Newsletter                                                    February 2014
Cathy Coleman
Dear IONS Global Community Network, 
The research department recently prepared a telephone telepathy experiment, based on Rupert Sheldrake's experiments, now ready to be tested by IONS members. If you are an IONS member, look for an email invitation from IONS in the next few days and be one of the first 350 experimenters to test your telepathy.

The busy research team recently welcomed a new visiting scholar, Loren Carpenter, to the lab. Loren is one of the co-founders of Pixar and was Senior Research Scientist there for many years (he retired last month). He will be working on a variety of projects and lending special attention to planning and preparation for a collective consciousness experiment that will be conducted at Burning Man later this year. 

 Alan Pierce, Leena Michel, Rachel Carpenter, Loren Carpenter, Cassandra Vieten, Dean Radin

Here is how Loren put it recently: "So, it turns out that there is a lab near where I live that is doing cutting edge research on 'impossible' things and getting real data. Their experimental protocols and statistical analysis methods are rock solid. But they are swimming in WTF anomalies. For example: 5-sigma results that defy explanation. I have accepted a position of Visiting Scholar where I will first work to improve their productivity by programming GPUs and iPhone apps. I will also be helping design and conduct experiments and concoct theories."


Loren joins IONS' small but mighty research team that includes Chief Scientist Dean Radin, Consulting Scientist Arnaud DeLorme, and Research Assistants Alan Pierce and  Leena Michel. (Arnaud is the invisible one in the picture above.)


Cathy Coleman

IONS Global Community Liaison


IONS and Dean Radin Featured In Film
In The Beginning, There Was Light, is a fascinating film about the phenomenon of breatharianism, or living on breath/light alone. This film was shown at the IONS Conference at Cinema Noesis in July 2013. IONS and Dean Radin are featured in the film. The filmmakers are offering a free code to view the film at your meetings, so that they can spread the message! It will also, no doubt, provide the IONS communities with a tremendous amount of food for thought, metaphorically speaking. 
Around The World With IONS Community Groups

San Francisco IONS hosted Lael Belove from IONS Los Angeles, who taught how to do spoon bending with the mind. See Cathy Coleman's spoon in the photo to the right:

Diablo IONS, CA-East Bay
, hosted a certified Heartmath coach, who presented on the role the heart plays in the big scheme of things, and how we can consciously influence the heart.


SCIONS, Florida, hosted three screenings and a workshop on the film Money & Life, a new story of money based upon the emerging understanding that everything is connected.


Chattanooga, TN, CHIONS, hosted Janet Watts to share what she has learned from her studies with Carolyn Myss on "Understanding Your Archetypes."  

Recommended Books

An Insistence on Life: Releasing Fear of Death to Fully Live, by Jane Hughes Gignoux, a long-time IONS member and past New York City Community Group leader. Jane offers workshops, courses, and talks, and hosts monthly Death Cafés in New York City.

The Holy Universe, by David Christopher. The Holy Universe tells the story of humanity in a way that brings deeper understanding to why and how our modern mind is driving us to do so much damage to the planet. It explores how a new world view, or a new "Mind," is emerging, and how it can help us through this 'Great Transformation.' (Reading by David Christopher, based on the book, hosted by FIONS-New York City)

Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the Nature of the Universe, stirred up the Internet because it contains the notion that life does not end when the body dies, and it can last forever. The author of this publication--scientist Dr. Robert Lanza, who was voted the 3rd most important scientist alive by the NY Times--has no doubts that this is possible.    

IONS Membership

Did Your Group Receive Your IONS Membership Brochures?   

Some 27 Community Groups have been actively encouraging IONS membership among their constituencies by making IONS membership materials available at meetings. If your group has not yet joined this campaign, please ask for some brochures to be sent to you for your group participants by sending an email to Cathy Coleman at or calling 707-779-8271.

Sign Up Now! Memberships are only $40 per year, or $10 per month. We invite you to sign up here if you are not already a member.  Not ready to become a member, but want to receive IONS' e-newsetters? Sign up free here.
Consciousness Conferences Around the World
Pueblo, Mexico "Consciencia De la Ciencia a la Espiritualidad," was a conference on consciousness, spirituality, and health that took place Feb 21 - 22.

San Paulo, Brazil
A global peace education program is happening March 16-20. The leader of IONS' Brazil Community Group, Simone Ramounoulou, is a part of this program.
Engage With IONS!

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Crystal on Hilltop at EarthRise


Community Group Passion Project leaders will gather at the EarthRise campus March 14-16 to continue working on strengthening the CG effort. Other interested CG members are welcome to attend, though lodging at EarthRise that weekend is limited. Register here.


A larger community group member gathering wlll be offered in the near future, possibly in October. Stay tuned!

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Do you want more contact with other CG facilitators?
Do you want to share your ideas and find more resources for your group?
Join the Closed Group Discussion for IONS Community Groups on Facebook here.
IONS Community Recommends


FRESH is a movie and a movement that celebrates the farmers, thinkers, and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.
IONS CG Resource
Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life is a free e-newsetter from our friends at the Greater Good Science Center in Berkeley, CA. This link above is to an article on The Science of Touch. There's a brief video embedded in it. You might want to read the article and view the video and discuss it at one of your meetings.
Ideas For You - Or Your Community Group

Conscious Aging Workshop Facilitator's Training

Get trained to become a Conscious Aging workshop facilitator! The Conscious Aging Facilitator's Program provides facilitators with all the resources they need to market, set up and conduct an 8-session workshop series on Conscious Aging in their local community. This self-paced, self-study program is designed for those who have experience in facilitating groups as a professional practitioner or community volunteer. Learn more. 


Welcome New Groups!

Charleston, South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

All three of these new groups in South Carolina will be led by Jeanne Porter Ashley at

San Rafael, CA

led by Rev. Pat Palmer at

Indianapolis, IN

led by Julianna Thibodeaux at

Contact Us
If you have questions about IONS Community Groups or ideas for contributing to this e-newsletter, we welcome your feedback.

Cathy Coleman, Ph.D.

IONS Global Community Network Liaison 



Lisa Reagan

IONS Global Community Newsletter Editor